Wonders of South Greenland

Combine walks and hikes, with sightseeing and culture
8 days
Jun - Sep
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Getting to know southern Greenland means going beyond the Arctic frontier into the home of the Inuit people, where elements of traditional lifestyle and the ongoing battle between humans and nature’s hostile environment remains. Southern Greenland offers a sea covered in icebergs, the awe-inspiring beauty of glaciers overflowing into the tranquillity of the fjords, leafy tundra and colourful settlements.

On this tour we walk and hike, staying in hostels and camps, with 3 nights at the amazing Qalerialiq Camp, spectacularly located right in front of the ice cap. We navigate through the fjords among blue-tinged icebergs and alongside spectacular glacier tongues, see the glaciers of the inland ice cap, and much more.

Day 1 Copenhagen or Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq 
Make your own way to the Keflavik International or Copenhagen Airport for your flight from Reykjavik or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. On arrival, meet your guide at the airport and then transfer in RIB boat through the Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Walk through the village of about 100 inhabitants, mostly farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland,  where Eric the Red settled in 985 at the start of the colonisation of the land.Visit the original ruins from Erik the Red, and the Brattahlid reconstructions a replica of the original chapel and longhouse. Accommodation in Hostel.

Day 2 Narsaq and Qaleraliq Glacier Camp
Set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. Stop at Narsaq to visit the 3rd biggest town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. Free time to visit the local market, fur shops and more and go for a walk or do some shopping, before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inland Ice. We arrive at our cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of two glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. Enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation at the Camp for 3 nights in shared tents.

(Whilst you are the Camp, if you do not wish to join one of the daily guided walks or hikes, you can just relax in Camp)

Day 3 Glacier Camp: Ice Cap View
Walk up through a unique desert like sand valley, leading to a surprisingly different landscape of green, thick tundra. Then past Tasersuatsiaq great lake, to continue up 400 metres for a panoramic view of the inland ice  and a mesmerising view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. From here you can gaze upon the infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and blueberries, and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area, before making our way back down to the Camp. 

Day 4 Glacier Camp: Glacier Fronts and Excursion on Ice.
Today we navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of the vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach along the more than 10 kilometre stretch to the sea. From here we start the ice excursion, an impressive trek using crampons (organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the oldest masses of ice in the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, seracs, and other ice formations, which give an incredible, labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of the group during the trip, while he shares with us his knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland.  Then return to the Camp.

Day 5 Qaleraliq - Igaliko and Qooroq Ice Fjord
From the Camp we navigate to Itilleq, via the Tunulliarfik fjord. Here enjoy an easy hike on the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliko, a small Inuit settlement of less than 40 people, and known as the most beautiful settlement in the whole of Greenland. The ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland, are here to be explored. After lunch in Igaliko, return to Itilleq, and then to Qassiarsuk. On our way to Qassiarsuk we visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on, and which is without doubt one of Greenland's best images. 3 nights accommodation in hostel.

Day 6 Tasiusaq, the “Iceberg Bay”
Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. We will continue our walk to Nunataaq Farm, a Viking Settlement where we can discover some ruins. Continue on for impressive views of Tasiusaq Bay and the numerous icebergs covering it and the lakes hidden in the tundra, on the way back to Tasiusaq Farm. Later we can perhaps go fishing for arctic salmon or for a walk in the region. Optional: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” - a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best place in the whole Greenland.

Day 7 Flower Valley and Glacier
Today travel by boat across to Narsarsuaq. From here we walk through Flower Valley, enjoying the view of a valley formed due to the glacial retreat, and a charming place of abundant  flowers. We walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic views of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with typical Inuit products such as whale, seal, caribou, and mattak.

Day 8 Narsarsuaq - Reykjavik or Copenhagen.
Transfer to Narsarsuaq.  Then time to walk around and visit the local museum, before the return flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen. On arrival back at Reykjavik or Copenhagen your tour arrangements conclude. 

Departures 2018 from Reykjavik: 16, 23 and 30 June; 03, 10, 17, 24 and 31 July; 07, 14, 21 and 28 August; 04, 08, 11, 15, 18 and 22 September.

Departures 2018 from Copenhagen: 03, 10, 17, 24 and 30 July; 07, 14, 21 and 28 August.

Includes:  return flights Copenhagen or Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport ) - Narsarsuaq; airport taxes and fees, English speaking guide, transfers in Greenland; meals on a full board basis (except lunch on arrival and departure days), 7 nights accommodation in Greenland- 3 nights in tents and 4 nights in hostels; camping and RIB boat travel equipment, guided Brattahlid reconstructions visit, Greenlandic farewell dinner.

Excludes:  optional excursions.

Group Size 4 - 12 persons

Please note this is a unique journey, designed to maximise adventure and discovery and thus the route may be done as above or in different order. Greenland is the wildest country in the northern hemisphere, infrastructures are almost non-existent and logistics pose challenges, so the itinerary is subject to change and some activities can be cancelled because of weather or ice conditions. As locals say “The weather is Boss in Greenland”! 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3886.00

The price shown here is for the tour with departures from Iceland 

Includes:  return flights Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) - Narsarsuaq; airport taxes and fees; English speaking guide; transfers in Greenland; meals on a full board basis (except lunch on arrival and departure days);  7 nights accommodation in Greenland- 3 nights in tents and 4 nights in hostels; camping and RIB boat travel equipment;  Brattahlid reconstructions visit;  Greenlandic farewell dinner.

 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4383.00

The price shown here is for the tour with departures from Iceland 

Includes:  return flights Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq; airport taxes and fees; English speaking guide; transfers in Greenland; meals on a full board basis (except lunch on arrival and departure days);  7 nights accommodation in Greenland- 3 nights in tents and 4 nights in hostels; camping and RIB boat travel equipment;  Brattahlid reconstructions visit;  Greenlandic farewell dinner.

 

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